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Trump's Order Undoes Workplace Protections For Women

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on March 27 that rolled back some workplace protections for women, while his daughter, Ivanka Trump, celebrated "Equal Pay Day" on April 4.

Ivanka tweeted: "#EqualPayDay is a reminder that women deserve equal pay for equal work. We must work to close the gender pay gap!"

The president reversed the 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order signed by former President Barack Obama, notes NBC News. The order required companies that had contracts with the federal government to follow 14 labor and civil rights laws.

Two of the main rules in Obama's order were paycheck transparency and a ban on forced arbitration clauses (often times called "cover-up clauses") for sexual assault, sexual harassment or discrimination claims.

Maya Raghu, director of Workplace Equality at the National Women's Law Center, told NBC News: "Arbitrations are private proceedings with secret filings and private attorneys, and they often help hide sexual harassment claims. It can silence victims. They may feel afraid of coming forward because they might think they are the only one, or fear retaliation."

Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson had a forced arbitration clause in her contract, but got around it by filing a lawsuit directly against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment, not Fox News itself.

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut told NBC News: "These coverup clauses render people voiceless -- forcing them to suffer in silence, suppressing justice, and allowing others to fall victim in the future. At a time when the fight for equal pay continues, Trump also moved to eliminate paycheck transparency and leave workers to negotiate in the dark."

Trump's executive order overturning paycheck transparency (Fair Pay order) means federal contractors won't be required to detail pay scales, worker earnings, employee salaries and other payroll details. The Fair Pay order was one of the few options employees had to make sure federal contractors were paying female workers equally for the same work.

The Fair Pay order required workers to submit salary details to the federal government that could show massive wage gaps between workers, including men and women.

The order also required federally-contracted companies to disclose deductions and overtime on workers' paychecks so those employees could make sure that they were getting paid correctly.

However, that's all gone now with Trump's signature.

In more Trump news, the president signed a bill on April 3 that allows Internet Service Providers to sell information about their customers' browsing histories, reports WCBS.

ISPs -- such as Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T -- do not have to ask their customers' permission to sell this information, which is often sought by marketers and advertisers.

Sources: NBC News, Ivanka Trump/Twitter, WCBS / Photo Credit: Michael Vadon/Wikimedia Commons

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